Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2004 Ford Escape looks pretty good compared to other Ford Escape model years, but still has a trend of transmission problems, and engine problems from the NHTSA complaint data — so it's not a model year we can recommend.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
123,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new power steering pump, belt and pressurized hose (2 reports)
2004 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 152014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


Transmission, power steering pump. Where is the quality and pride in building a decent vehicle Ford? 2 transmissions in less than 150,000 miles is ridiculous !!!!

- , Lathrop, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 162011

Escape Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I bought my used ford escape on Saturday February 12th 2011 and denied the extra warranty. It was just too much money. I drove it for a couple days and noticed that the steering was really loud. When i brought it to my mechanic he informed me the powersteering pump was going out and that this would have been easily caught with a proper inspection! when he lifted the power steering cap you could see the power steering fluid moving around like it was going down a drain. So he replaced the pump and a bad belt (the one close to the pump) , which ford refused to help with, and within a week there was a new leak in the pressurized hose coming from the pump, which i had to replace as well.

NOW... this week... I got a flat and had to replace ALL the tires because it is an 4WD/ Auto car and they didn't make a tire with the same tread as i had previously... THEN YESTERDAY I had to get towed because it broke down again!

I'm not sure how much of this Ford could have caught and i know i denied the warranty, but you would think that seeing it hasn't been even 30 days and i've dumped 1200 dollars into my car that they could help me out a bit!! Thats not even including whatever is wrong with it now! I haven't heard from my mechanics yet!! I am just sick to my stomach about it. I bought it for 10,000 3 weeks ago and now this....... I just don't know what to do. I know i bought it as is, but does anyone know if there is ANYTHING i can do???

- , Grand Rapids, MN, USA

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